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Pakistan Raising New Force to Combat Terror

Pakistan is raising a new force with the help of the United States to intensify its war on terror networks, a senior government official said on Wednesday. A first batch of more than 40 officers from the new “Special Investigation Group” (SIG) will graduate next month after a three months of training. “This is going to be a highly specialized and hi-tech force to track down terrorists and investigate acts of terrorism,” the official told Reuters, speaking on condition of anonymity. Pakistan, a key ally in Washington’s war on terror, has arrested hundreds of militants from Afghanistan’s former Taliban regime and from the al Qaeda network blamed for the September 11, 2001 attacks on the United States. But lately, it has faced growing accusations from officials of the U.S.-backed government in Afghanistan that it has allowed Taliban guerrillas to regroup in Pakistan and orchestrate attacks on U.S. and Afghan forces, a charge Islamabad denies. The Pakistani official said the U.S. Federal Bureau of Investigation was closely associated in the creation of the special force. Full Story

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